Australia have levelled their Davis Cup semi-final with Great Britain thanks to Bernard Tomic’s four-set win over Dan Evans.
The Aussie number one eventually prevailed 6-3 7-6 6-7 6-4, but looked thoroughly exhausted after converting match point against the Englishman, who is 277 places below him in the world rankings.
Evans performed superbly, making a mockery of his lowly status as Britain’s eighth-best male singles player.
Although he lost, his battling display drained his opponent so much so that it is doubtful Tomic will be able to return to peak condition in time for Sunday’s clash with British no.1 Andy Murray.
Murray gave Britain a 1-0 lead in the tie earlier on Friday by dispatching teenager Thanasi Kokkinakis in straight sets.
With the tie finely poised, it is likely that Saturday’s doubles clash will be the decisive match.
Captain Lleyton Hewitt and Samuel Groth will represent Australian in the doubles, while Jamie Murray will either partner his brother or Dom Inglot.
Evans hit some truly stunning shots against Tomic, including this fierce winner in the third set…